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Torchy Blane.. Playing with Dynamite (1939)

Approved | | Action, Comedy, Mystery | 12 August 1939 (USA)
Torchy Blane and Steve McBride try to nab a gangster by tracking his moll.

Director:

Noel M. Smith (as Noel Smith)

Writers:

Earle Snell (screen play), Charles Belden (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Wyman ... Torchy Blane
Allen Jenkins ... Lt. Steve McBride
Tom Kennedy ... Gahagan
Sheila Bromley ... 'Jackie' McGuire
Joe Cunningham Joe Cunningham ... Maxie
Eddie Marr Eddie Marr ... Denver Eddie
Edgar Dearing ... Jim Simmons (as Edgar Deering)
Frank Shannon ... Inspector McTavish
Bruce MacFarlane Bruce MacFarlane ... Bugsie
George Lloyd ... Harp
Aldrich Bowker ... Judge Hershey
John Ridgely ... Reporter at the Wrestling Match
Larry Williams Larry Williams ... Reporter with Pipe
John Harron ... Motorcycle Policeman
Cliff Clark ... Mike Kelly
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Storyline

While in traffic court, Torchy bumps into Jackie Maguire, girlfriend of the notorious hoodlum Denver Eddie, who is sentenced to jail for shoplifting. Torchy gets herself thrown into jail by turning in false alarms and ultimately befriends Maguire. With police collusion, she escapes to San Francisco taking Maguire with in in hopes of capturing Denver Eddie. Steve and Gahagan follow undercover in hopes of collecting the $5000 reward as a down payment for house for him and Torchy, but not before Steve is spotted and Gahagan ends up in the wrestling ring and gets a chance to settle a score with an old opponent. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Taglines:

RUN FOR YOUR LIFE! (original ad- all caps)

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 August 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Torchy Plays with Dynamite See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Torchy works at the Daily Star - same newspaper that Lois Lane worked at in her first comic book appearance. (Later, Lane's paper was called the more-familiar Daily Planet.) See more »

Goofs

Just after McBride and Gahagan get in to a cab outside the bookstore, there is a close up shot of the license plate which reads "X3075". In the next shot, as the cab pulls up outside a building, the license plate reads "Z8546". See more »

Quotes

Lt. Steve McBride: Don't you feel all right?
Gahagan: Certainly, only I don't like ridin' on the airplane. they make me ears feel funny.
Lt. Steve McBride: They're on your head, ain't they?
Gahagan: [after ressuring himself that they are] Yeah... why?
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Connections

Follows Torchy Runs for Mayor (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

The Man I Love
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Heard often as background music
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Final Torchy Blane finds Jane Wyman replacing Glenda Farrell...
14 April 2009 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

The trouble with all those Torchy Blane movies were that they were all too similar in plot and style. In other words, if you've seen one, you've seen them all.

Once again, Torchy finds a way to nab a criminal for her policeman pal Steve McBride, with the roles now played by JANE WYMAN and ALLEN JENKINS. Needless to say, they're not a convincing match. Wyman does all of her cutesy tricks that she employed during her early days at Warner Bros., and Jenkins plays a dumb cop in his usual style, for laughs. TOM KENNEDY is still on hand as the bumbling helpmate of the two, this time involved in a wrestling match that spins the film toward its finale.

Fast moving entertainment, it's a B-film that played the second half of a double feature in 1939. Apparently, it didn't catch on as well as the series did with Glenda Farrell in the lead, so it became the last film of the Torchy Blane series.


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